Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2009

Blago’s Incredibly Ridiculous Defense

You can argue all you want about how unfair the impeachment of Blago was and whether it subverted the presumption of innocence, but I don’t think anyone could seriously suggest that Blago is not one of the most delightfully absurd politicians to come along in quite some time. And it isn’t just the hair. There…

Bill Hicks’ Last Performance

Next month will be the 15th anniversary of the death of Bill Hicks, one of the greatest comic voices in American history. Here’s a clip of the last performance he ever did, while he was dying of pancreatic cancer. On Friday, David Letterman will finally show a set Hicks did on his show in 1993,…

Chris Mooney on Colbert

Chris Mooney appeared on the Colbert Report this week. Video below the fold.

Latest Info on Haggard

The former volunteer from Haggard’s church has now come forward with more details about his relationship with Haggard. Predictably, it seems that he held Haggard in reverence and in a position of authority: The latest revelations involve Grant Haas, who told the TV station that he met Haggard in 2005 when he was 22. He…

Quote of the Day

From Matthew Yglesias: I’ve been absolutely Gobsmacked by the nonsense the right is running with on the Guantanamo Bay issue, and the double-nonsense I’ve been hearing about it on television. The basic conservative position, as I understand it, is that the very same federal officials who can’t be trusted to prevent a breakout from a…

Idiotic Quote of the Week

From Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the National Review Online: We’re a nation not just where you are free to believe or not to believe; we’re a nation founded for Him — so we could praise Him, so we could do His will. Absolutely staggering. Who did she screw to get her job?

More Cash Seizure Madness

Balko caught this post on TwoPlusTwo, a forum for poker players, about DEA agents stealing money from a professional poker player. Here’s Balko’s description:

I missed this case when it was originally decided. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of a Florida law allowing schools to require all students to say the pledge of allegiance unless they get a permission slip from their parents and now the full panel has denied a request for an en…

For the second time in just his first week in office, the Obama administration has contradicted their own (alleged) rules against allowing lobbyists to work on issues that they previously lobbied on. First it was William Lynn, the former Raytheon lobbyist named to the #2 position in the Defense Department, now it’s the new chief…

I never know what to make of Michael Novak. He pretends, at least, to be a serious scholar and he is often taken seriously by other scholars. But then he writes drivel like this post for the National Review blog and I can’t help but dismiss him as a partisan halfwit with serious problems following…